2018 Spitfire Memorial Fellowship Awarded to Dr Jai Galliott
On Monday 4 December 2017, at Government House, Canberra, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove hosted a reception for Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Military College – Duntroon graduands and the Spitfire Association, at which the Governor-General presented the 2018 Spitfire Memorial Fellowship to Dr. Jai Galliott (UNSW Canberra) for his research project: Australian Military Officer Attitudes Toward the Adoption of Autonomous Systems.
Dr Galliott's project involves the design, deployment and analysis of a comprehensive survey – the first of its kind in Australia - aimed at probing the changing culture of Australian military aviation and the implications that autonomous systems will have on the conduct of future war, as well as informing the design and engineering of the systems employed in future conflict
The annually awarded Spitfire Memorial Fellowship was established by former wartime Spitfire pilots and their ground crews, and the Spitfire Association, with additional support from leading private and corporate partners. It is intended to serve as an enduring and dynamic memorial to the significant contribution of the Spitfire aircraft and its squadrons during World War Two. The Fellowship provides encouragement for the development of advanced knowledge and expertise which will aid in the defence of Australia, offering recipients financial support as well as significant public recognition.